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Interesting Facts about the Hawaiian Islands
The Island of Hawaii (The Big Island)
1) The largest contiguous ranch in the United States is located on the Big Island. It is the Parker Ranch and is a whopping 480,000 acres.
2) Most of the world’s macadamia nuts are grown on the Big Island.
3) The most southern point in the United States is located on the Big Island: Ka Lae.
4) If measured from the ocean floor, the Big Island has the tallest mountain in the world, Mauna Kea.
5) There is a very small part of the Big Island that does not belong to the state of Hawaii. As a matter of fact, it does not belong to the United States at all. It belongs to Great Britain. It is the spot where Captain Cook (the western discoverer of these islands) landed and was later killed. It is in Kealakekua Bay. There is a monument present and visited each year by a British Naval vessel to maintain and pay their respects.
6) Hawaii is the only state that grows coffee.
7) The Island of Hawaii, the Big Island is truly just that. It is over twice the size of all the other islands combined.
8) The Big Island is also home to the world’s most active volcano, Kilauea. It has been erupting since 1983 and has created approximately 580 acres of new land. This makes the state of Hawaii the only state that is growing in size.
The Island of Kauai (The Garden Isle)
1) Mt. Waialeale on Kauai has anannual rainfall of 488 inches and is considered the wettest spot on the earth.
2) The Wailua River is the only navigable river in Hawaii.
3) Kauai Coffee is the largest coffee plantation in the United States.
4) Some of the cliffs along therugged Napali Coast reach heights of 2,500 feet.
5) Hollywood loves Kauai withmore than 60 movies filmed here, including Jurassic Park, Outbreak, Blue Hawaii, 6 Days 7 Nights, Pirates of the Caribbean: On StrangerTides, and TV shows such as Fantasy Island, Gilligan’s Island, and Bay Watch.
6) During the filming of Jurassic Park in 1982, a massive hurricane (Iniki) struck Kauai. Much of the film broadcast from the island during that time was courtesy of the Hollywood film crew.
7) Kauai is the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands. It’s over six million years old.
8) By law, no building on Kauai is allowed to be built taller than a palm tree.
The Island of Lanai (The Pineapple Island)
1) In 1922, James Dole (later of Dole Food Company) bought the island of Lanai and created the world’s largest pineapple plantation, hence the nickname.
2) The CEO of Oracle Corporation, Larry Ellison, bought 98% of the island in 2012. The other 2% belongs to the state of Hawaii.
3) Only approximately 3,200 people call Lanai home.
4) Hotel Lanai was the only hotel on the island until 1990. It was originally used for executives of the pineapple plantation.
5) There are no traffic lights or shopping malls on Lanai.
The Island of Molokai (The Friendly Island)
1) Molokai has the highest sea cliffs anywhere in the world (3,900 feet).
2) There are no traffic lights on Molokai.
3) No building can be higher than a coconut tree.
4) Home to Father Damien and his inspired work with the sufferers of Hansen’s disease.
5) Molokai is said to be the birthplace of Hula.
6) Molokai is part of Maui County.
7) It is also sometimes referred to as the “most Hawaiian island”.
The Island of Maui (The Valley Isle)
1) Haleakala Crater on Maui is the world’s largest dormant volcano. That means asleep, not dead (extinct).
2) Hana is located on the east side of Maui and has a legendary road that takes you there. With over 600 curves and 25 bridges it is a Maui tourist attraction.
3) Hana is also the final resting place for famed aviator Charles Lindbergh. He visited the place and declared it the most beautiful place he had ever seen. He lived out his life here.
4) Lahaina, translated to English means “Unmerciful Sun”.
5) On a clear day, from the top of Haleakala, you can see 6 islands: Hawaii, Molokai, Lanai, Kaho’olawe, Oahu and the tiny islet of Molokini.
6) At one time in history, Molokai, Maui, Lanai and Kaho’olawe were one large island.
7) There are 33 miles of swimming beaches on Maui.
8) Golfers have the choice of 17 courses.
The Island of Oahu (The Gathering Place)
1) Hawaii is the most isolated population center on earth! It is located 2,390 from California; 3,850 miles from Japan; 4,900 miles from China and 5,280 miles from the Philippines.
2) There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet (a, e, i, o, u are the vowels and h, k, l, m, n, p, w are the consonants).
3) The wind blows east to west, thus creating our legendary trade winds. Average daytime temperature in July is 82 degrees and 72 degrees in January.
4) Iolani Palace, in Honolulu, is the only royal palace on American soil.
5) The Western White House, during the presidency of FDR, was the Royal Hawaiian Hotel (the pink hotel).
6) There are no snakes in the state. Nor rabies.
7) What does Honolulu mean? Sheltered bay. And Waikiki? Sprouting waters.
8) Hawaii has its own time zone, HST (Hawaiian Standard Time). There is no daylight savings time in Hawaii.